Darden Reaches New 52-Week High (DRI)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI) hit a new 52-week high Friday as it is currently trading at $57.58, above its previous 52-week high of $55.84 with 1.1 million shares traded as of 10:06 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.4 million shares over the past 30 days.

Darden has a market cap of $7.09 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 21.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Darden Restaurants, Inc. owns and operates full service restaurants in the United States and Canada. It operates restaurants under the Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Eddie V's Prime Seafood, and Wildfish Seafood Grille brand names. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, equal to the average leisure industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Darden as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full Darden Ratings Report.

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